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Man sprayed in the face with pepper spray in Old Market Square incident

Police arrested two men after responding to reports of a city centre disturbance.

Officers were called to reports of men arguing in Old Market Square. One of the men, who was reportedly in possession of a knife, sprayed another man in the face with a substance, believed to be pepper spray, before fleeing the scene.

The spray caused pain and irritation to the victim’s eyes. He received medical treatment at the scene however his injuries are not currently believed to be serious.

Members of the public in the immediate vicinity were also affected by exposure to the spray.

The incident happened at around 1.40pm yesterday (Thursday 23 December 2021).

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Following enquiries a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion affray and possession of an offensive weapon in public and a 33-year-old man was detained on suspicion of affray.

Officers also seized a cannister of spray and two knives after searching the 34-year-old.

Detective Sergeant Andy Buxton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Thankfully no-one was seriously injured during this isolated incident but we are continuing to work hard to establish exactly what happened.

“Violence will not be tolerated on our streets and we will take robust action against those who choose to carry and use dangerous weapons.

“Officers arrived at the scene quickly and made two arrests. The investigation remains in its early stages and multiple lines of enquiry are currently being pursued, including extensive local CCTV enquiries.

“To assist us with our ongoing investigation we are now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, which happened in a busy city centre street, and we are urging them to please get in touch with Nottinghamshire Police as soon as possible.

“I’d like to reassure people the force is working hard every single day to target people who carry weapons on our streets and to prevent weapon-enabled crime from happening in the first place.

“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to preventing and reducing knife crime all year round, with two dedicated knife crime teams working hard every day to keep people safe by tackling this issue and an intensive programme of education in schools and intervention work with partners across Nottinghamshire to prevent people engaging in violence.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that could aid officers in their investigation is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 309 of 23 December 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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